from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Either of two historical districts and former states of southern Germany. The Lower Palatinate is in southwest Germany between Luxembourg and the Rhine River; the Upper Palatinate is to the east in eastern Bavaria. They were once under the jurisdiction of the counts palatine, who became electors of the Holy Roman Empire in 1356 and were then known as electors palatine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office or dignity of a palatine; the province or dominion of a palatine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun Either of two regions in Germany, formerly divisions of the Holy Roman Empire; the Lower Palatinate or Rhine Palatinate is now within the Rhineland-Palatinate; the Upper Palatinate is now within Bavaria. It is usually referred to as the Palatinate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To make a palatinate of.
  • noun The province or seigniory of a palatine; the dignity of a palatine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A historical region of Germany, originally a territory of the Holy Roman Empire

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine
  • noun a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine


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